Cary Grant's public persona was that of a charming, sophisticated, and just plain cool leading man. But in reality, "Cary Grant" was just another character he played on film. Even Cary Grant's name was a part of his well-crafted and carefully maintained image; fans who know about his personal life will tell you he was born Archibald Alexander Leach. A look at any Cary Grant biography reveals a troubled and conflicted man underneath that polished exterior.
Grant was British by birth and became an American citizen in 1942. He propelled himself to stardom by using his comedic skills, eventually transforming himself into a romantic lead who starred opposite screen beauties like Ingrid Bergman and Grace Kelly. Cary Grant movies are often remembered for the actor's easygoing charm and tendency to allow the woman to be the sexual aggressor. This unique quality made him appealing to all audiences.
Who was the real Cary Grant, and what kind of facts and trivia surround a man who was known to the world by a stage name? Sometimes, the star himself became lost in his public versus private persona, saying, "I've often been accused by the critics of being myself on the screen. But being oneself is more difficult than you'd suppose."
He Was A Huge Supporter Of LSDPhoto: Warner Bros.
He Was Fond Of Dirty JokesPhoto: Columbia Pictures
He Flunked His First Hollywood Screen TestPhoto: RKO Radio Pictures
He Was Almost James BondPhoto: RKO Radio Pictures
He Had Several Special Male FriendsPhoto: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
He Got Married Five Times And Divorced Four TimesPhoto: 20th Century Fox